Innovative packaging will help extend life of produce

Every product has a particular shelf life, hence keeping this in mind the packaging segment should introduce innovation that will help enhance the product shelf time.  An Indian-based company looks to expand services in U.S with the help of packaging options designed to prolong shelf life thereby helping exporters to choose less expensive sea shipments over faster air travel. Uflex Ltd.’s Waterless Internet Flower Packaging was recently applauded by the All India Management Association as the breakthrough process innovation in manufacturing and services with capabilities for fresh produce.

Flexfresh is a patented modified atmosphere packaging for fresh produce and floral that maintains internal humidity at about 95% without allowing excess moisture or condensation, resulting in very low weight loss. Judges from the Indian association said Flexfresh’s capabilities have the potential to allow fresh produce exporters to ship via sea without comprising product quality, according to the release.

Head of public relations and corporate social responsibility for Uflex, Rohit Sharma said “Flexfresh film has been tested on pomegranates, blueberries, papaya, Brussels sprouts, grapes, beans, broccoli, cauliflower, mangoes, okra, mushrooms, cut vegetables and flowers. A leading Dutch bell pepper exporter has commenced shipping its produce to USA by sea containers, which was not possible earlier, and used to be sent out by air, incurring huge costs. The exporter is happy with the arrival quality and intends to export over 300 containers from Holland to USA this year after conducting successful trials by sea container earlier in 2015.”

Sharma said loose blueberries usually have an average weight loss of about 20 per cent during the trip, but those packed in Flexfresh lost less than 1 per cent weight during a 7-week trip. The fruit was also firm without mold. Other trials have involved shipments of produce from India to the Middle East or Europe.

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